Beyond My Dreams | Mel A. Tomlinson

Mel Tomlinson’s fascinating true story starts before his birth at his family’s home in the Chavis Heights Housing Project in Raleigh, NC. It starts with the struggles of his parents and grandparents in Jim Crow-era North Carolina and continues with his unexpected and meteoric rise through the ranks of the professional ballet world with almost no prior dance training. After years spent as a soloist and principal dancer in some of America’s top professional ballet companies, Mel finds himself placed in the House of Mercy AIDS Hospice in Belmont, NC, where his friends and family expect him to soon die a hideously painful death. But it seems that powers beyond his dreams had other plans for Mel Tomlinson, the once captivating, charismatic dancer.

A Biographical Memoir as Told to Claudia Folts. Foreword by Heather Watts.

  • ISBN 978-0-9973829-9-0

The first 200 Copies will be signed by the authors!

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Saving Radio City Music Hall | Rosemary Novellino-Mearns

The true story of how Radio City Music Hall, Art Deco masterpiece and one of New York City’s iconic tourist attractions and cultural landmarks, was saved from demolition is told at last.

Nearly forty years later, Rosemary Novellino-Mearns, Dance Captain of the legendary Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company during the 1970s, tells the amazing story of how she motivated a small group of dedicated colleagues, friends, media and political allies to join forces, challenge the Rockefeller establishment and, against all odds, save “the Showplace of the Nation.”

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Saving Radio City Music Hall also available for Kindle, Nook and iBooks

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Booklist Review by Carlyn Mulac

“The Rockettes are not the only dance company to call Radio City Music Hall home. For nearly 40 years, it was also home to the Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company. Novellino-Mearns was a member of that company for 12 years and would eventually become its dance captain. When this art deco masterpiece was threatened with demolition in the late 1970s, she took on a new role, as president of the Showpeople’s Committee to Save Radio City Music Hall, an organization that saved the music hall and had it declared a National Historic Landmark. Her heartfelt and very personal account of that effort provides a backstage glimpse of the drama that ensued and features a cast of characters that includes performers, politicians, the media, and some very heavy hitters in the world of New York real estate.

This volume is embellished with personal photos and mementos and augmented with appendixes that provide facts and figures about Radio City Music Hall as well as a detailed list of all the films shown and shows staged there from December 1932 through April 1979. Public libraries with robust arts collections will want to add this title, which will delight readers interested in the performing arts and their history in the U.S.”

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“. . . . Her heartfelt and very personal account of that effort provides a backstage glimpse of the drama that ensued and features a cast of characters that includes performers, politicians, the media, and some very heavy hitters in the world of New York real estate.

This volume is embellished with personal photos and mementos and augmented with appendixes that provide facts and figures about Radio City Music Hall as well as a detailed list of all the films shown and shows staged there from December 1932 through April 1979. Public libraries with robust arts collections will want to add this title, which will delight readers interested in the performing arts and their history in the U.S.”

Carolyn Mulac, BOOKLIST

“I promised myself I would read one chapter at a time, savoring each and reflecting. Well, I couldn’t, I read it in one sitting, like I was there with you, very compelling story!”

Belle Koblentz, Former Rockette

“I’m so proud of my friend-turned-author, Rosie Novellino-Mearns. Her book launch party was a touching success this evening. She’s the former Radio City ballet dancer who challenged the big boys, gathered good forces on her side, and saved one of NYC’s most famous tourist attractions — Radio City Music Hall — from being torn down. Her story is a fascinating read.”

Bobby Rivers

Amazon Review Excerpts

amazon stars  Saving Radio City Music Hall – a Must Read!

By Bruce Michael on July 11, 2015

I just re-read “Saving Radio City Music Hall.” This is a must read for anyone that loves our beloved “Showplace of the Nation.” From 1989 – 2005, I was the VP/Creative Producer of the Rockettes and to this day thank Rosie for heading the Committee that saved the Hall from demolition. For me and the many people that worked and performed at the Hall since its almost closure in 1978 as well as the millions of Music Hall patrons that have since attended the myriad of spectaculars, concerts, special events, and television broadcasts that have graced the great stage, “Saving Radio City Music Hall” is an important document of an era in New York City that saw the demise of many landmarks.
 
amazon stars  One of New York’s greatest unsung heroines tells a shocking tale, indeed!
Should be filed under “SCIENCE FICTION”…and yet it REALLY HAPPENED! This has got to be the most under-reported near-disaster in New York City history! New York….with no Radio City? No Rockettes? It seems almost unimaginable–but at the depth of NYC’s dive into economic despair, Radio City Music Hall was actually in very serious peril–of not just being closed…but being DESTROYED! One woman “called bulls***” on this ludicrous situation–and WON!! You MUST read Rosie’s just-released memoir, of that awful time, and how the determination of just one Radio City dancer (and a few less-recognized others, including her now-husband, Bill Mearns, among others) saved one of New York’s most treasured landmarks. A beautiful and inspiring book, by a wonderful and courageous lady! Someone? ORGANIZE A RCMH SALUTE TO ROSIE, ALREADY!!
 

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Stars in My Eyes | Tony Charmoli

Tony Charmoli’s memoir of working in Show Business. From his immigrant roots to early days on Broadway, to the beginnings of television and five decades of working with the most famous people in entertainment, the journey is not only his but the journey of modern culture and the personalities that have entertained us.

The book is full of funny anecdotes of very famous people- it is not a “tell all” but rather like sitting 

and hearing great stories about people you have admired from afar from someone who was there. Tony genuinely enjoyed these people and you can tell it in what he chooses to focus on. It is also a story of a child of immigrants who arrived speaking no English, and how through hard work he achieved great success. With lots of rare pictures of early TV shows, this book is a wonderful look at 20th century entertainment.

  • ISBN-10: 0997382902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0997382907

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THE SPINE: 5 Somatic Strategies for 21st Century Dancers | Cynthia Roses-Thema

SPINE is unique in addressing the connection between dance technique and moving the body from the somatic, experiential perspective. Imagery is certainly helpful, but needs to be different for each movement. SPINE strategies are geometric, linking to a progressive anatomic and biomechanical model for the body – tensegrity — solidly connecting movement experience to movement execution allowing the dancer to bridge the gap between the movement goal and the movement process. Physics deals with biomechanics of movement, but as the observed and measured and not about the somatic perspective. In other somatic books one finds important forays into what movement feels like, but the suggestions are ambiguous, leaving the dancer to explore in the somatic technique and then find a way to connect those ideas to dance technique.

Dance technique books typically address technique from the observed and aesthetic perspective and not from the mover’s sensational, experiential, perceptual perspective connecting the process to the product of movement goals. SPINE, therefore, can be used by many dance techniques, not just ballet: modern, urban (hip-hop), jazz, and even gymnastics. SPINE strategies give the dancer first a vocabulary to talk about the experience of movement and secondly directly connect to the biomechanics of movement without the use of intermediary images that create within the dancer a mental circus that changes from image to image. The SPINE strategies help to quieten the mental circus and open up the filtering of sensations by the individual so that the somatic experience of movement is more accessible for the dancer. 

  • ISBN-10: 0990855678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0990855675

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Using the SPINE STRATEGIES in Contemporary Ballet

The Companion Workbook: Using the SPINE STRATEGIES in Contemporary Ballet

Presented in two thirteen-week sessions, this Workbook is designed as a companion to SPINE: 5 Somatic Strategies, in which Cynthia Roses-Thema explains how students can apply the SPINE strategies to their technique.

  • ISBN-10: 0990855686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0990855682

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Book & Workbook Set

Order both the SPINE Strategies & the SPINE Workbook as a set! $60.00 plus $6.95 shipping = $66.95 total for set.